Defective Medication Litigation Involving Xarelto
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent blood clotting in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation, Xarelto has been the subject of recent litigation throughout the U.S., scrutinized for both its effectiveness and safety due to the fact that it lacks rapid reversal agents. These agents help reduce the severity of adverse side effects and, without them, Xarelto may be dangerous for some patients. Specifically, it can lead to excess bleeding, which can be extremely difficult to stop. In some cases, this can even be fatal.
Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. is here to help you if you experienced serious medical problems after taking Xarelto. Our defective drug attorneys have extensive experience handling complex litigation against major drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. To date, we have secured more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we are ready to fight for the maximum recovery you are owed for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
A Brief History of Xarelto Litigation
The FDA first approved Xarelto in July of 2011 to lower the risk of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and pulmonary embolism in patients who had undergone hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery. In November of the same year, the FDA approved Xarelto to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation. In 2012, the drug received approval for the general treatment of PE and DVT.
It wasn’t long until Xarelto lawsuits began popping up.
In 2013, a Vermont man was prescribed Xarelto and, after just 10 days of taking the drug, he succumbed to irreversible brain bleeding. He passed away on August 1, 2013. On July 25, 2014, a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals was brought forth by the deceased’s family. While this was not the first time a Xarelto lawsuit had been brought, it was one of the first high-profile cases, launching Xarelto into the national spotlight.
Below, we have provided a brief timeline of Xarelto litigation and related matters:
- 2013: Germany reports 968 cases of documented adverse side effects and 72 deaths related to Xarelto administration.
- October 4, 2013: Der Spiegel reports that there were 130 deaths in 2012 and 2013 associated with the administration of Xarelto.
- November 25, 2013: A study states that Xarelto greatly increases the risk of bleeding in patients, especially those with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
- June 26, 2014: The family of a man who died due to severe bleeding six months after receiving a prescription for Xarelto files a lawsuit.
- July 25, 2014: The family of a Vermont man files a lawsuit after the man died 10 days after receiving a prescription for and taking Xarelto.
- May 7, 2014: A lawsuit is filed upon the death of a lady from Pennsylvania who passed away after taking Xarelto.
Lawsuits against the makers of Xarelto allege that these entities failed to adequately warn patients, doctors, and others of the possible adverse side effects of the drug, specifically the risk of excess bleeding. Individual lawsuits have been filed, as have class actions against Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in relation to Xarelto.
What Are the Adverse Effects of Xarelto?
The primary concern with Xarelto is the risk of excess bleeding, which can be fatal. It has also been associated with pulmonary embolism and even deep vein thrombosis. During clinical trials, 14,000 patients were given Xarelto to compare its effectiveness against other common blood thinners on the market, such as Warfarin. Although it proved to deliver better results, Xarelto also demonstrated a significantly higher risk of excess bleeding and other complications.
Both Xarelto and Warfarin are blood thinners, but Warfarin’s side effects can be deterred in some cases by taking Vitamin K. Xarelto’s side effects are not curtailed by Vitamin K and, thus, many patients who take Xarelto have no recourse when they begin experiencing adverse side effects.
In patients who experience excess bleeding after taking Xarelto, excess blood is often found in the urine. Some patients begin coughing and/or vomiting up blood, too. If these symptoms occur, it is recommended that you seek medical treatment right away.
Other serious side effects of Xarelto include:
- Black stools
- Nose bleeds
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen arms or legs
- Reduced platelet levels
- Brain hemorrhage
- Abdominal bleeding
- Uncontrollable bleeding, which can result in death
- Rectal bleeding
- Abnormal functioning of the liver
The manufacturers of this drug have not released any information to doctors about how to treat the bleeding that Xarelto causes. This drug does not have any antidote. Despite this, doctors have been encouraged to recommend this drug patients, including women who are pregnant, planning to conceive, or breastfeeding.
How You Can Get Help
Anyone who has suffered complications after taking Xarelto might be eligible for financial compensation. Additionally, the families and loved ones of those who died due to complications associated with Xarelto could have grounds for legal action.
Drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to create medications that are reasonably safe. The potential risks of a drug should not outweigh its benefits, and companies that put profits ahead of public health and safety can be held responsible.
Xarelto litigation is currently ongoing. Additionally, some doctors still prescribe the drug, despite the fact that there may be safer blood-thinners available. People who are filing these lawsuits allege that they were not properly warned about the potential bleeding risks that come with taking Xarelto. If you have been affected, you could be entitled to take part in single-plaintiff or multiple-plaintiff litigation against the liable party. Multiple-plaintiff litigation involves both class action lawsuits and mass torts; our Florida Xarelto lawsuit lawyers can help determine which type of action may be best for your unique situation.
At Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A., we are currently taking cases involving Xarelto use and excess bleeding, hemorrhaging, and death. We are also accepting cases involving other negative side effects associated with Xarelto. Our attorneys are here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of filing a claim. We are ready to protect your rights and advocate for the justice you deserve.
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If you or your loved one experienced adverse side effects after taking the blood thinner Xarelto, reach out to our team at Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. to learn how we can help. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and know how to effectively build persuasive cases for our clients. We have successfully taken on large and powerful pharmaceutical entities and recovered fair compensation for the injured and the wronged.
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